Food 4 Thought – Mold, food on the floor & roaches in Hidalgo Co. restaurants

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High demerits are only part of the concern at dirty diners this week.
Health inspection reports show serious health code violations.
Stuff like roaches in a kitchen, mold in an ice machine and food found on the floor are some of the violations in question.
This week’s dirtiest restaurant is Sevilla Café on 241 South Texas Boulevard in Weslaco.
It scored 29 demerits on a health report.
Kitchen cops exposed off temperature beef, missing hairnets, insect contamination along with a cross contamination of foods, according to results on a report.
Colima restaurant on 1402 North Closner in Edinburg also scored low performer status with 21 demerits.
An inspector found food on the floor, missing towels for proper sanitation and dirty equipment.
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Weekly Low Performer List: (0 demerits)

Sevilla Café 241 S Texas Blvd (29) *Roaches, Mold & Off Temp. Beef*

Colima 1402 N Closner (21) *Food on the Floor, Dirty Equipment*

Weekly Top Performer List: (total # of demerits)

Domino’s 2016 Nolana Ave

McDonalds 2305 W. Lincoln Rd.
Subway 6780 Expressway 83
Taqueria Jalisco 712 N. 77 Sunshine Strip

Vermillion Restaurant 115 Paredes Lane
Café Shiraz 800 E. Alton Gloor
Domino’s Pizza 700 N. Main St.

Denny’s Restaurant 2301 W. University Drive
Church’s Chicken 3469 N. Business 281
McDonald’s 202 W. Monte Cristo Rd.

Food 4 Thought- Roaches creepy crawling their way around Valley restaurants

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They live in filth, spread diseases and are infiltrating a restaurant near you.

Roaches are seen creepy crawling at various low performing eateries across the Rio Grande Valley.

The Pearl on South Padre Island is one of the kitchens with insect contamination.

Kitchen cops report finding one on the wall during a health inspection.

The Director of Marketing, Marisa Castillo, did not want to appear on camera, but admitted swift action is necessary.

“It is an issue that we have to address immediately,” said Castillo. “And we will do so and take it very seriously.”

Roaches also pop up at Janitzio on 1042 East Adams in Brownsville.

Kitchen cops order the restaurant to re-fumigate to get the problem under control.

De Alba Tortilleria & Bakery on 2633 Pecan Boulevard in McAllen turns up a dead roach in the prep area, according to a health report.

But, this week’s dirtiest kitchen goes to Tacos El Pio, a taco stand outside Pharr on Jackson Road near Dicker Street.

It received 27 demerits.

The eatery is no stranger to dirty dining on Food 4 Thought

Back in January it was shutdown for multiple violations.

The recent report for Tacos El Pio shows no sink designated for hand-washing, meat not refrigerated, no soap or towels for proper sanitation, excessive flies and no health permit on site as required.

They’re the kind of violations you don’t have to worry about at Laguna Bob’s on 2401 Laguna Boulevard on South Padre Island, according to the manager there.

“What we’ve always been known for,” said restaurant manager Tom Rich. “Good service… Good food… And now clean.”

Laguna Bob’s, which serves a variety of small seafood dishes, clawed its way to zero demerits.

The Food Patrol awards Rich a Top Performer sticker.

“You put forth the same standards,” said Rich. “You do something… You do it well… That’s what we do.”

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

Hidalgo County
Tacos El Pio Jackson Rd & Dicker St (27) *Repeat Dirty Diner/Excessive Flies*

De Alba Tortilleria 2633 Pecan (3) *Dead Roach in Prep Area*

Janitzio 1042 E Adams (7) *Roaches*

Pearl 310 Padre Blvd (16) *Roach on Wall in Kitchen*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

Laguna Bob’s 2401 Laguna Blvd

Fat Daddy’s 1322 International Blvd.
Ranch House Burgers 1015 S. International Blvd.
Taco Landia 3900 E. Hwy 83

San Juan
Garza’s Café 308 N. Nebraska
Church’s Chicken 1612 N. Raul Longoria

El Taco Chuy 121 E. Palmvista

Delia’s Tamales 106 W. Nolana

Luby’s 500 N. Jackson

El Pato 1110 W. University Dr.
Dairy Queen 1224 W. University Dr.
Church’s Chicken 1607 S. McColl
Burger King Exp 83 and Tahoma

Food 4 Thought – Worker at rodent-poop-filled store makes stunning admittal

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Derek Davila says he won’t buy food at a store that has a rodent problem.
His statement doesn’t bode well for My Country Store on 3517 Business 77 in Sebastian.
Derek has been the cashier there for the last year.
A state inspector recently busted the store with a number of rodent-related problems.
Records from last month show more than a dozen fresh and old rodent droppings were observed at the food preparation area, by the water heater and on top of shelving.
What’s even more unsettling to people who frequent the store was the fact that workers left a dead rodent on a glue trap while the health inspection was being conducted.
“That’s nasty,” Angel Rios, a customer said.
The Food Patrol asked Derek if he thought those conditions inside the store were sanitary.
“No,” he responded.
He added how they’ve been trying to get the problem under control.
“They just keep coming back,” he said.
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My Country Store 3517 Business 77 (14) *Fresh and Old Rodent Droppings/Dead Rodent*

Sora Sushi 4920 N Exp 77 (26) *Inadequate Hand-Washing/No Certified Food Manager*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

Las Cazuelas 314 S F St
El Taquito 305 North 1st
Peter Piper Pizza 306 N 77 Sunshine
New York Deli II 122 N A St
Buffalo Wild Wings 1500 W Harrison
Los Asados 210 N 77 Sunshine

Whataburger 615 Salinas Blvd

Sonic 701 S Jackson
Subway 7309 S Cage Blvd
Burger King 2511 S Cage Blvd

Taqueria Don Felipe #2 220 W Main
Paraiso Mexican 5 Mile Line & Mayberry

Taco Rico 207 E 3 Mile
Subway 4416 N Conway

San Juan
Subway 700 I Rd
Pollito Grilled Chicken 700 I Rd

San Benito
Bookmark Café 101 W Rose
Longhorn Cattle 3055 W Exp 83

Port Isabel
Los Cabos 309 Queen Isabella Blvd
Subway 1722 Hwy 100
Dairy Queen 302 Hwy 100

Church’s 1650 Military Hwy
Taco Bell 925 Ruben Torres Blvd

Villa Del Mar 910 E Veteran’s Blvd
Chosita’s Kitchen 1011 W Veteran’s Blvd

Little Caesar’s 548 N Alamo Rd
Carmelita’s 544 Alamo Rd

One Year Later, Community Remebers ICE Agent Jaime Zapata

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It’s been a year since Brownsville native U.S Immigration Customs Enforcement Special Agent was gunned down by alleged Mexican drug cartel members, while on assignment in Mexico. Since then, a street in Brownsville and a Cameron County Boat Ramp have been named in his honor.
The City of Laredo, where Zapata was once stationed is also working on a statue to honor the agent. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said Zapata’s death had a major impact in strengthening the unity amongst law enforcement agencies, at all levels.
“We talk about the potential threat of spill-over violence, and certainly all agencies have to work together,” Salinas said.
Salinas also said Zapata was a true public servant, and dozens agree as they showed up to St. Lukes Catholic Church in Brownsville Wednesday, to honor his memory and support the still grieving family.
Salinas said Zapata, just 26 when he was killed, had a great career ahead. He said it’s up to Washington to ensure the many young men and women still protecting the borders are given the resources they need.
“(They need) the best equipment, you know obviously pay, but also everything they need, we need to be there for them,” Salinas said. “We have to ensure their safety because it’s a dangerous job and serving abroad is certainly not an easy job.”
U.S. General Consulate in Matamoros Michael Barkin said the risks of living, working and traveling in Mexico continue, with the latest travel warning issued just last week. He said Zapata’s death was a tough lesson learned, but has brought on a new focus for Americans in Mexico.
“I think we’re focused on our mission which is to work with the government in Mexico to combat the threat of transnational criminal organizations,” Barkin said. “Those efforts continue and are strengthened everyday.”

Poncho’s popped with demerits in McAllen for roaches, unsanitary practices

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Roaches turn up in a Brownsville Chinese food restaurant as well as a San Benito McDonald’s, but it’s a worker who’s busted mopping and turning tortillas at Poncho’s in McAllen that’s most alarming on a health inspection report.
This type of multi-tasking is considered a hygiene health hazard, according to the inspector.
Poncho’s is located on 601 Expressway 83 in McAllen.
A kitchen cop found 21 demerits during a check-up spawned by a complaint.
Food items were found on the floor and a live roach on the wall, according to the report.
The restaurant’s marketing director, Jorge Escobedo, found some of the violations hard to believe.
“When we hear that an employee was mopping and flipping tortillas, as stated on the report by the health inspector, that concerns us,” Action 4’s Ryan Wolf said.
“I think that information is not true,” Escobedo said. “I don’t think it’s real.”
He told the Food Patrol that he would check with staff to ensure proper practices are taking place.
Escobedo says Poncho’s continues to expand in Hidalgo County because they are doing things right.
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Poncho’s 601 Exp 83 (21) *Lady Mopping & Turning Tortillas*

Lotus Inn 905 N Exp 77 (16) *Roaches, Cross Contamination of Foods*

San Benito
McDonald’s 1144 Bus 77 (3) *Roaches*

Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

Round Up BBQ 1903 E Bus 83

Church’s 4395 N Exp 77

Taco Fiesta 2501 N McColl
Tio Chuy’s 2433 N McColl

Whataburger 615 Salinas Blvd

Rio Grande City
Don Rene 5587 FM 1430

Church’s 3469 N Bus 281

Food 4 Thought – Country club’s kitchen in Brownsville isn’t up to par

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Valley International Country Club in Brownsville scores a double bogey at its restaurant.
Los Campeones on 95 Country Club Road scores high demerits in back-to-back inspections.
Kitchen cops found expired bread, a cross-contamination concern with open foods, missing towels for proper sanitation and dirty equipment.
Photos obtained by the Food Patrol highlighted dirty conditions in the kitchen.
There were 25 demerits on an initial February inspection.
Los Campeones showed little improvement on a re-inspection one week later with 24 demerits, according to a report shown by the restaurant’s general manager.
Sergio Casas invited the Food Patrol to return after the 29th of February.
That’s when they plan to call the city for a third inspection.
Click on the video link to see the photos from the restaurant and to hear what the owner of a dirty convenience store in Lyford had to say when the Food Patrol came around in this week’s Food 4 Thought.

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

Los Campeones @ Valley International Country Club (25, 24) *Expired Bread, Cross-Contamination, Dirty Equipment*

7th St Drive Thru (26) *No Soap/Towels in Restroom, No Thermometer in Cooler*

Weekly Top Performer List: (zero demerits)

Taco Bell 925 Ruben Torres
Luby’s 2124 Boca Chica Blvd
Red Lobster 1075 FM 802
Peter Piper Pizza 1644 Central Blvd

Whataburger 1007 E Hidalgo St

Subway 512 Salinas Blvd
Monte Carlo 1705 E Miller Ave
Taqueria Zamora 200 E Edinburg

Church’s 1117 Veterans Blvd

Nana’s Taqueria 1802 S International Blvd

McDonald’s 1705 E Exp 83
Subway 1715 E Exp 83

San Juan
Jack in the Box 902 Raul Longoria
San Juan Café 1618 N I Rd

Roaches in Brownsville restaurant, Pharr eatery caught with moldy tortillas

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When a kitchen cooks up demerit-less dishes, it scores the Food Patrol’s ultimate honor for clean.

Villa Del Mar in Palmview is this week’s featured top performer.

Reporter: When you walk in the restaurant and see that on the door (Food 4 Thought sticker)…What do you think?

“That I can come here every single time… Clean forks… Clean trays… Clean cups… Everything clean,” said waitress Maria Pacheco.

Carlos Cobos and his family love to eat at the seafood eatery on 910 Veterans Blvd.

“Makes me feel great,” said the Food 4 Thought fan. “Quality of food… I enjoy coming here just about every Sunday.”

The staff is excited to be recognized.

It’s not just the jumbo shrimp they want customers to sink their teeth into.

Workers want them to get a taste of their kitchen cleanliness, even before walking through the restaurant’s door, by seeing their top performer sticker.

“I love that you guys are going out there and staying on top of things,” said Cabos. “You’re making Valley residents feel comfortable about restaurants in our Valley!”

It’s a different story in Pharr.

That’s where a public health complaint at Taco Fiesta on 1101 North Cage Blvd in Pharr, leads to the discovery of moldy corn tortillas.

About 40 of them are voluntarily destroyed because mold is detected, according to a health inspector.

He says moldy food is a health risk.

The inspector added how the business thought the mold was actually burn marks on the corn tortillas.

The Food Patrol is told burn marks are typically brown in color, mold is black.

The tortillas in question are not made on the restaurant’s premises, according to the report.

Demerits aren’t typically issued on check-ups as a result of a public health complaint in the City of Pharr.

Once the tortillas were removed, no further action was taken.

Taco Fiesta did not comment on the inspector’s findings when the Food Patrol tried to inquire about the health violation.

Palm Lounge Bar and Grill on 757 E. Elizabeth St. in Brownsville is back on the low performer list with a score of 28 demerits.

A refrigerator is off temperature at 64 degrees when it should be 41 degrees, according to a health report.

There’s also no water pressure for proper sanitation, no soap or towels and a note about the need to fumigate because of roaches.

The creepy crawlers were caught on tape, along with other filthy conditions.

It’s the second time this restaurant has cooked up insect contamination in less than a year.

You know what we say to that!

“Keep it clean!”

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Weekly Low Performers: (total # of demerits)

Palm Lounge Bar & Grill (28) *Roaches, Off Temp Fridge*

Taco Fiesta 1101 N Cage Blvd (complaint) *Moldy Tortillas*

Weekly Top Performers: (0 demerits)

Villa Del Mar 910 Veteran’s Blvd

San Benito
Subway 1220 W Hwy 77
KFC 1120 W Hwy 77

Los Trijoles 720 E Edinburg

Rodriguez Restaurant 3227 W Mile 7
Subway 4416 N Conway
Taqueria Don Felipe 2600 Mile 5

Church’s 921 W Tyler
Taco Bell 1518 Ed Carey
Peter Piper Pizza 306 N 77

Church’s 1607 S McColl
Church’s 1201 S Closner
Jack in the Box 1602 W University
Subway 102 S 2nd St

Taco Chino 5075 Austin Rd
Wingstop 5850 FM 802
Long John Silvers 1165 FM 802

Padre Brewing Co. 3400 Padre Blvd

Rio Hondo
Deep River Bar & Grill 28734 FM 106

Pizza Hut 1309 E Bus 83

Brownsville student killed in Matamoros laid to rest

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A Brownsville Rivera High School student, killed in a car crash in Matamoros, was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon.

Family, friends and coaches wore jerseys with Juvenal Torres’ nickname and number in memory of the teen.

Hundreds of students showed up in Brownsville to pay their final respects to Juvenal Torres or as they knew him “Juvy”.

Friends close to him say he left them too young and that life will miss out on a great person.

Gilbert Santos and Robby Rivera, who grew up with Juvenal “Juvy” Torres, said it was hard for them to accept they were attending their friend’s funeral Wednesday.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Santos. “Still I don’t believe it.”

“You don’t want to process it,” said Rivera. “Your mind doesn’t want to process it.”

It was a full house at Christ Church of the Valley in Brownsville as family, Rivera High School students, football players, teachers and coaches from around the valley gathered for a final good bye to Torres.

Authorities there told Action 4 News that the teen driver Juvenal was with was speeding when he lost control and crashed into a concrete post five blocks south of the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge.

These loving friends said they want their life-long friend to be remembered for the person he was in life.

“it’s real hard to believe especially because it was him, he was an amazing person, he had a big heart, gave his best in all that he did, never backed down from a challenge,” said Santos. “He was just “Juvy” and he was always smiling always positive….If you were down he’d go try and make you happy.”

The procession passed by Rivera High School where students there waited outside to pay their respects to Juvenal Torres.

It then proceeded to Guillen Cemetery where he laid to rest.

Brownsville church possible target of arson

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Former Brownsville Church Youth Group Leader Accused Of Sexual Abuse

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A former Brownsville youth group leader is behind bars amid allegations that he sexually abused a child at his church.